Open Source: The beginning of Gene Roddenberry's vision?
Now, I don't go around wearing novelty Spock ears, I haven't painted my car to look like a shuttle pod and I don't speak Klingon (much).
But in a world full of terrorism, near-apocalyptic natural disasters, and mind-numbing John Tesh new age music, I've always found Gene Rodenberry's highly optimistic vision of the future to be a enjoyable and thought-provoking diversion.
On Roddenberry's 24th century Earth, there is no money. People work simply to better themselves and the communities they live in. Everyone shares everything. And I bet -- in the area of software anyways -- that there's no need to protect intellectual property.
I'd say that sounds a great deal like the open source development community of today.
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